On Sunday, the Dodgers lost 2-1 to the Los Angeles Angels, their 15th loss in the past 20 games. After the loss, Bauer sounded off.
"You can say it's early, no need to panic, and [it's] true, but at the end of the day, we're not going to roll the bats and balls out there and win baseball games," he told reporters. "We're not going to sleep-walk our way to another division title and World Series."
"I don't necessarily want to speak for the team," he continued. "But I'm pissed personally. I don't like losing. I want to win. That's why I came here. And we are not playing up to our capabilities right now, so I'm mad."
Bauer, who signed a three-year, $102 million deal to join the Dodgers this offseason, is having a solid season, going 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 50.1 innings (eight starts).
And it's not as though the offense has been terrible this season. The Dodgers are eighth in Major League Baseball in team average (.244) and second in runs (173). And yet, they've now lost five straight series.
But the bats have cooled off for long stretches. The Dodgers have scored three or fewer runs in 12 of their past 20 games and in 11 of their 15 losses during the slump.
"There’s no complacency," manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Sunday. "Guys are grinding. That's who we are. But the bottom line is it's a performance game. We're better than this and we expect to win considerably more games than we lose. (Bauer) has every right to be upset. He's not alone."
The issue for the Dodgers is the rest of the NL West isn't going to wait around for them to kick their slump. The San Francisco Giants are a somewhat surprising 20-14, while the ever-dangerous San Diego Padres haven't been able to take much advantage of the Dodgers' tough start with a 19-16 record of their own.
At some point, though, the Padres are a threat to take off given their star power. If the Dodgers don't figure out how to get back on the winning track—and soon—they risk being left in the dust.